KEVIN JOAQUIN GARCIA

Drummer - Percussionist


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ARTISTS

Kevin is currently performing with The Steel Wheels, Hazmat Modine, Gato Loco, Pape Armand Boye, Sky White Tiger, Coyloup, Fever High, Charlie Rosen, Music For Enophiles, 9 Horses, Karla Rose and The Thorns, Derek Fawcett, and The Swedes. 

Kevin also works with Duncan Sheik, Wheatus, The Duhks, Natalie MacMaster, Bright Light Bright Light, MC Frontalot, Gabriel Kahane and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Slow Knights, My Midnight Heart, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Jose Llana, Kerrigan/Lowdermilk, Badu Boye, and Bartosz Hadala, among other artists, ensembles, and bands. 

Guest appearances with: Bombino, Jerry Douglas, Elephant Revival, De Temps Antan, Alash Tuvan Throat Singers, Donna The Buffalo, Oysterband, Le Poules à Colin, Hangai, Coig, Tony McMannis, The Bombadils, and Diali Cissokho and Kaira Ba.

MUSICALS

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson on Broadway by Alex Timbers and Michael Friedman (Cast Member, Drummer, Arranger, In-House Contractor, Cast Recording) 

Fun Home on Broadway (Designated Drummer, Percussionist) 

Murder Ballad (Drummer, Arranger, In-House Contractor, Cast Recording)

Shakespeare In The Park: Love's Labour's Lost (Drummer, Percussionist, Arranger, Cast Recording)

Whisper House by Duncan Sheik (Drummer, Percussionist, Arranger, Cast Recording)

NOIR by Duncan Sheik (Vibraphone, Drummer, Percussionist)

 BCEFA Presents: Hedwig and The Angry Inch (Drummer, Percussionist)

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DANCe

Kevin composes music and accompanies professional dance companies and choreographers. He worked with Merce Cunningham and MCDC until his passing, and recorded for the Legacy project.

Currently Kevin works with Seán Curran, Milton Meyers, Kevin Wynn, Elizabeth Coker, Karen Gayle, Holley Farmer, Carol Dilley, Vicky Schick, Tito Del Saz, and Jamie Chandler. 

Kevin also works with Matthew Bourne's New Adventures, Paul Taylor, Mark Morris, Doug Varone, David Dorfman, Trisha Brown, Donald McKayle, Saeko Ichinohe, Mary Cochran, Jeff and Yukie Moen, and Anita Cheng.

2003 Barnard College composer in residence. Former Music Director of Gil Stroming's Jump Convention at Break The Floor. 

 


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PRESS

"Percussionist Kevin Garcia is a wonder. His varied instruments allow him to create different tones and textures. His drum solo late in the show was as engaging as it was impressive while also in keeping with the expressive playing he offered all evening."  -The Gazette

PASIC Best International Percussion Performance Winner 1998. 

Ambassador Musician to France and Poland. 

Made Honorary Cajun by The City of Lafayette, Louisiana at Festival International De Louisiane.

NPR Folk Alley's Top Ten Artists of 2014

TRAINING

Bachelor of Arts in Percussion Performance and Philosophy from Western Michigan University. Mentors Billy Hart, and Judy Moonert.

Halewynstitchting Conservatory in Belgium for Jazz, Ghanaian, Togolese, Cameroonian, and Burkina Faso Percussion Performance with Billy Hart, Boris Amontete Tchango, Zoumana Dembele, Dre Pallemaerts, and Alain Nyame.

The Lake Placid Institute for Composition and Improvisation, with Billy Hart, Kenny Werner, Bob Brookmeyer, Rufus Reid, and Jane Ira Bloom. 

Tabla study with Ustad Mulazim Hussain. Mridangam study with Guruvayur Dorai. 

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STUDIO

Kevin has a long standing reputation in New York City for making excellent and creative drum set and percussion recordings quickly and efficiently. Visit his selected Discography on the Records page to view his diverse catalog. 

Kevin also offers remote recording services out of his home studio for artists looking to avoid full band studio rental costs. Visit his Gear page to see a sample of Kevin's collection of interesting instruments. 

Kevin also offers Audio Engineering and Release-Quality Mixing services. Visit his Contact page to get in touch.